Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Dr, Rochester, NY 14624

School Details

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts college located in the town of Rochester, New York and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church.


Its roots date back to the 1866 establishment of Chili Seminary, in order to prepare students for Christian service. Founded by B.T. Roberts, the New York Board of Regents issued a charter by 1869. The school continued to grow and evolve, and adopted its current title, Robert Wesleyan College in the 1950s. By 1964, the school was granted regional accreditation. At the end of the twentieth century, the college opened Northeastern Seminary, offering graduate divinity programs.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, RWC retains memberships and approvals with the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The college’s Art Department, business programs, nursing programs (bachelor’s and master’s), Graduate Program in School Psychology, Social Work Department, and Teacher Education Department also retain programmatic accreditation.

Roberts Wesleyan College retains a mission that states: “As a community of learners committed to historic Christianity, Roberts Wesleyan College seeks to prepare thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”

The total student enrollment is 1,752 and students are represented from 27 states and 19 countries. The school maintains a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. There are about 50 student organizations and clubs, including student associations, pre-professional groups, cultural and ethnic clubs, academic organizations, faith-based clubs, special interest groups, and music and performing arts events. Full-time students are also required to complete 22 spiritual formation credits and a minimum of one credited event per week each semester, some of which may include chapel meetings, contemporary worship services, and Saturday service projects.


RWC offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult-learning programs, both in the traditional classroom setting and online. The school is also affiliated with the Northeastern Seminary and students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry degree, and several certificate programs in Buffalo and Rochester. Academic majors are divided among two schools: The School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Professional Studies. Under the School of Liberal Arts, academic programs are offered under the following departments: the Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences, Department of Communication, Department of Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of History, Department of Literature & Language, Department of Music & Performing Arts, Department of Psychology, Religion & Humanities, and Department of Visual Arts. The School of Professional Studies is divided into the following departments: Department of Adult Professional Studies, Department of Business (Undergraduate and Graduate), Department of Nursing, Department of Social Work, and the Department of Teacher Education.


Online programs at Roberts Wesleyan College include bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs in the fields of business, education, health administration, and nursing. Online coursework maintains the same standards as that of on-campus counterparts. And typically, students move through the programs as a cohort, and asynchronous formats allow students to access lessons 24/7. Specific online bachelor’s programs include the Organizational Management, B.S., Nursing R.N. to B.S., and the Health Administration, B.S. Likewise, master’s programs are offered in Strategic Leadership, M.S.(requires 2 on-campus residencies), Special Education, M.S., Healthcare Informatics Administration, M.S., Nursing Education, M.S., and the Nursing Leadership & Administration, M.S.


The estimated cost of tuition and fees at Robert Wesleyan College is $27,364 annually. An estimated 98 percent of students receive some form of financial aid at RWC. Institutional aid is based on financial need, scholarship, service, leadership, and talent. In addition, students may access state and federal aid, along with external resources. State aid includes the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and possible aid for students from the states of Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Federal aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS).

RWC has been designated a “2014 Military Friendly School” and supports veteran’s educational benefits including: the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, Dependents’ Education Assistance, Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve, and the Reserve Educational Assistance Program.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Free Methodist

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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